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Free conference to give new perspectives on neoliberalism

Posted on 19 June 2013

A major free conference exploring the economic and socio-political dynamics of ‘neoliberalism’ will take place at the University of York next month.

The event will consider neoliberalism against the background of the current and on-going financial ‘crisis’, as well as the overarching structures of the capitalist world system.

The conference ‘Neoliberalism, Crisis and the World System’ from 2-3 July 2013 will feature influential speakers from across a range of academic disciplines with participants coming from the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. The event is funded by the British Academy, the University’s Pump Priming fund and its Centre for Modern Studies.

The conference is organised by Dr Nick Gane, of the Department of Sociology, and Dr Claire Westall, Department of English and Related Literature, both at the University of York and working with the Centre for Modern Studies.

It is important that we scrutinise neoliberalism by probing its everyday manifestations and its large-scale ambitions

Dr Nick Gane

Dr Gane said: “It is important that we scrutinise neoliberalism by probing its everyday manifestations and its large-scale ambitions, and by working to pinpoint its contradictions and weaknesses. Given that ‘neoliberalism’ is notoriously hard to define, this event seeks to address and track its historical emergence and account for its role in relation to the current economic and political climate.”

Dr Westall added: “We aim to do this by placing key critical voices from the social sciences, arts and humanities in dialogue so that socio-cultural responses to neoliberalism, and the capitalist world system, are offered in direct relation to economic thinking, models, claims and critiques. Like many, we want to debate and oppose neoliberalism in order to concentrate attention on dramatic and radical long-term change.”

For more information about the conference please visit www.york.ac.uk/sociology/about/news-and-events/department/2013/neoliberalism-conference/

Notes to editors:

  • For more information about the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York visit  www.york.ac.uk/english/

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